SAIGE 2024 Annual Conference: Elevating Advocacy


Proposal Deadline: April 1, 2024, 11:59pm PST

The Society for Sexual, Affectional, Intersex, and Gender Expansive Identities (SAIGE) is a division of the American Counseling Association (ACA). SAIGE’s mission is to advocate for the voice, equity, and inclusion of LGBTGEQIAP+ persons within the counseling profession and beyond and to promote the professional development of counselors and related professionals to ensure that all LGBTGEQIAP+ individuals receive ethical, culturally-inclusive, liberating services that attend to all aspects of their intersectional identities.

Proposals for conference presentations and poster sessions are now being accepted for the SAIGE 2024 Conference, October 4th & 5th, 2024, Denver Marriott West, Golden, CO

A limited number of rooms at the conference hotel have been reserved and can be accessed here!



Conference theme: Elevating Advocacy

Members of the LGBTGEQIAP+ community continue to be at increased rates of risk in areas such as physical safety, mental health, housing security, access to healthcare, and both educational and employment opportunities. Considered among the highly politicized nature of LGBTGEQIAP+ rights in the United States, as evidenced by the hundreds of anti-LGBTQ bills proposed nationally each year (i.e., over 400 in 2024 alone), it is critical that we prioritize and celebrate advocacy efforts in support of the LGBTGEQIAP+ community.

To this end, SAIGE is proud to announce the theme of its 2024 conference: Elevating Advocacy. The SAIGE 2024 conference seeks to bring awareness to a broad range of advocacy needs, efforts, and approaches. Based on the diversity of community needs, depth of training in advocacy, and limited resources to support advocacy initiatives, this conference will provide an opportunity for members to connect and collaborate with one another to develop and build awareness around efficient, effective advocacy efforts toward an elevated level of professional competence that can be integrated into all aspects of counselor education, practice, supervision, and of course, advocacy.

When considering your submission, presenters are encouraged to think creatively about how the work in which you are already engaged may reflect tenets of advocacy and use this opportunity to highlight and amplify your efforts. Note that while all submissions should relate to the LGBTGEQIAP+ community, preference will be given to topics around the conference theme of advocacy at all levels and domains, whether within the profession or specific practitioner settings, related to legislation, or any other critical avenue for advocacy.

We are seeking proposals for:

  • 30-Minute Poster Presentations
  • 50-Minute Educational Sessions
  • 50-Minute Roundtables

Please use the following link for the proposal submission form: The deadline to submit conference proposals is Monday, April 1st by 11:59pm PST.

Specific questions or inquiries, including volunteer interest, exhibitor/vendor requests, etc., should be directed to Suzy Wise at [email protected].

On behalf of the SAIGE 2024 Conference Committee, we look forward to receiving your program proposals!

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